Choosing the right chords
Add colour to tired progressions with a selection of extended chords
So far we’ve looked at a range of fairly standard chords. There are, though, endless possibilities when it comes to creating luscious, colourful chords. With so many choices, it can be hard to know where to start. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’ve grouped some of our favourite chords together by mood. We’ll also show you how to use extended chords to make potentially boring progressions more interesting. Although we’ve suggested some places these chords are most commonly used, they can be used in all styles – there are no hard and fast rules.
Tense, bluesy sound
These chords are super-popular in all kinds of blues. The 9th and 13th can be heard in many modern blues players’ repertoires. The dominant 9th is a well-used chord in funk too.
These chilled-out extended chords work really well as replacements for ‘regular’ major chords and are great for adding a jazzy tinge to your progressions.
Add depth and creativity to your playing by learning a wide variety of chords